Quick Fixes – Stuck Joy-Con Wrist Strap

We just had this happen at our house and guys there is a super quick fix. One of the kids put the wrist strap for the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con on wrong and for the life of all of us, we couldn’t get it off. A quick Google and boom solution found. I didn’t even make it through the whole video before it was fixed. Here’s the video you need if this happens to you.

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The Game is a Smartass #2 – Ghost 1.0

Being a Word Nerd, I love it when Devs put snarky word play into their games. Here’s the naming chain from Ghost 1.0 (which is available on Steam). Note the Achievement received at the bottom.

This is not my picture. I was unable to track down the Original Poster.



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Craft Saturday – Luma Star Perler

This week’s adorable little craft comes to us from Kandi Patterns. It’s the Luma Star from Super Mario Galaxy. You can find the pattern and instructions here.

This perler project is a nice, easy one. So easy you could make them in all the various colors found in the game. Put some magnet tape on the back and you can have a little horde of Lumas on your fridge.

Here’s another picture for scale

In all, if you had to buy all the items to make this project, you would spend $15-20, but it’s also a great way to use that tray of perler beads you already have in the house. Hope you love this one as much as I do. Happy crafting!

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Diablo III – Whimsydale

I was dungeon crawling with my seasonal hero in Diablo III this week, dispatching demons in the Halls of Agony, when this happened.

One moment I was chasing down a Treasure Goblin, and the next I’m inside a rainbow-colored portal with puffy smiling clouds.

Loot! There’s pots of gold and presents and Cuddle Bears and Pink and Purple Rainbow Unicorns.

OMG! They are attacking me!

This is so not right. At this point I’m dying with laughter.

Piñatas, presents, Happy Clouds, pots of gold – there was so much loots I had to port back to town several times just to empty my inventory so I could pick it all up. And the Jewels! So. Many. Jewels.

I scraped the whole map. I may never end up here again, so I took full advantage. I’m still not sure how I got to Whimsydale, but that was the funniest thing I’ve seen in Diablo III yet.

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Texts From My Kids – Fire Emblem Warriors SE

Two Days ago, Twitter let me in on something fantastic: The Fire Emblem Warriors Special Edition. Let me tell you why that made my day.

Boyo number 2 loves the Fire Emblem series with about the same amount of passion that I love The Legend of Zelda series. He loves the strategy of the game. He loves the characters (blue haired characters with swords? yes please). He loves the art used in the battles. And the weapons. B2 is the kind of kid who has books on weapon types and old armaments, does his 2nd grade Biography report on Alexander the Great, and has a blast at museums attending lectures given by people who recreate weapons and armor. He’s even tried his hand at making chainmail. Pretty much any game that lets him play around with battle strategy and weapons is going to be high on B2’s list.

Along with FE, Boyo the Second likes Dynasty Warriors, which is pretty much a digital Risk-like version of the Chinese Dynasty wars, with hack and slash and fantasy elements added. (Parents take note: I am BIG on not having the kids play games that allow human killing. The Dynasty Warriors series, however, is so good and revolves more around battle strategy and the taking of keeps and key points in a mission, and has no gore involved with defeating human enemies, that this games gets a pass from me.)

The fun part about the creators of Dynasty Warriors is that they lend their format to other game series. Hyrule Warriors is one example. A really good example. Getting to play on a battle field as Link or Zelda or Impa or any of the other numerous characters from the Legend of Zelda series is a blast. And guess who my go-to Second in the game is. Yup. Boyo the Second. And he’s an excellent Second indeed.

All of that together is why when they announced Fire Emblem Warriors, he was ecstatic. It was THE thing he wanted for his birthday. A preorder of FE Warriors. Of course we got that for him. He says I get to be his Second. But the waiting is hard. Little dude is born in Winter and up until two days ago, we had been seeing that FE Warriors was coming out on December 31. Then I came across this tweet from Nintendo (pictured below) about the Special Edition version.

Yesterday, when I picked him up from school, I handed him the new receipt for the SE preorder. He hung it on the fridge.

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Concept Art – Beyond Good and Evil

I just recently replayed through Beyond Good and Evil. It’s an action adventure game where the main character, Jade, has to save her planet from an alien race that is intent on consuming the residents for energy and prolonged life. She does it using a camera to take pictures of the truth behind all the missing people and the connection between the aliens and the army. It’s a fun game, I’d definitely recommend it, though since some of the plot line is a bit gritty, keep it for the older gamers in the family.

Beyond Good and Evil was released in 2003, and it recently got an HD rerelease. BG&E has some history of trouble when it comes to a sequel. Mostly because the technology for what they wanted the game to be wasn’t available yet. The sequel was being worked on in 2008, but it was put on the back burner until the technology was ready. This year we were given a peek at Ubisoft’s current project based on BG&E, a prequel. And let me tell you, it looks fantastic. You can find the trailer here. (FYI it’s NSFW, for the swearing.) Compared to the original game the in-game art is a huge step forward. It looks amazing!

While I was looking around for concept art from the original game to juxtapose with the concept art for the new game, I came across these Instagram posts from Michel Ansel, who is a video game designer for Ubisoft. He shared with us some of the concept art for the game they had been working on in 2008. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Young Jade . Non official visual research I did a long time ago with art director Celine Tellier

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Texts From My Kids – DragonVale LoZ

This was just sent over from Kiddo-bean the Eldest.

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School Setup

The kids have been back in school for about two weeks now and I’ve finally started to feel like we’re getting into a routine. Thought I’d share with you guys part of the setup I have for the kids school stuff. We don’t have an official Mudroom, but this is the hallway from the garage into the house. The opposite wall has our coat closet. We put up the backpack pack hangers last year (they came from Ikea), and I had been eyeing this artwork from Threadless. Finally saved up enough to get it and I absolutely love it. Officially it’s title is “It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take this“, but we like to call it the Link Katamari.

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Saturday Craft – Journey Traveler Origami

Today’s craft project comes from Matt Nava, who was the art director from the PS3 game Journey. On his BlogSpot he shared with us direction for how to make an origami Traveler.


For this craft, you will need origami paper. A pack will run you somewhere between $5-$10. This is a bit more complicated of a fold. It will help if you or your child have some experience reading origami instructions and have done some folding in the past. If you get stuck, you can check out this YouTube from Tavin’s Origami Instructions. Happy crafting, everyone!

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Friday Funny – Pikachu Uses Handtongue

Pikachu Uses Handtongue

From reddit

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